The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Please, no jokes about my advancing age; but, I do have a bit of a problem remembering things. Where did I find that web page about a new online database? What's the password for the web site I am trying to use? Where is the e-mail I received from a distant cousin? What time is my flight to Los Angeles tomorrow? Where are my car keys?
A program I started using a couple of weeks ago probably will not help find my car keys, but it certainly can help with the other questions. It allows me to easily capture information in any environment, using whatever device or platform I find most convenient, and makes this information accessible to me and searchable at any time, from anywhere. I can even enter data on the desktop computer at home and later find my notes on my handheld computer/cell phone.
My new note-taking program takes just about any kind of input I might want to use. It accepts notes that I manually type, notes that I copy-and-paste, and even notes created from from other web sites, from e-mail messages, or from most anything else that appears on my computer. It saves web pages, e-mail messages, pictures, to-do lists, PDFs, Twitter messages, and more. I can then recall any of those notes at any time in the future by a very quick and user-friendly method of searching.
The program I use runs on Windows XP or Vista computers, Macintosh OS X computers, iPhone cell phones, iPod Touch handheld computers, BlackBerry cell phones, Palm Pre handheld cell phones, Windows Mobile cell phones, and even on SanDisk U3 "jump drives" that plug into a computer's USB port.
Even better, since I use more than one of these devices, they can all synchronize information with each other, as long as they all have an Internet connection available. If an Internet connection is not available at this moment, the newly-entered notes are “queued up” and then are transferred whenever an Internet connection becomes available in the future.
I can enter notes on my Windows system and later retrieve those notes on my iPhone or on the Macintosh. If I had a Blackberry or a Palm Pre, I could retrieve the notes on those devices and even enter new notes on them which I can retrieve later on any of the other devices. I can "clip a web page" by using the program's "Web Clipper" feature and then click on SYNC, and that web page becomes available everywhere on the other systems within seconds. All these devices will exchange data with all the other devices.
Did I mention that it's free? It does have an optional $5-a-month service that offers even more features.
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